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Trolls - nature & language

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kerlingsandiNew exhibition will be opened at Skriduklaustur on Sunday 26th June at 2 pm with the title Trolls - nature and language. The exhibition is a part of a project that Gunnarsstofnun has been working on, researching tales of trolls in East Iceland and how they are related to place names and landscape. The 6th volume of Gunnarsstofnun's paperback series with folktales will be presented at the opening with 34 troll tales. The exhibition is interesting for both children and adults and is open every day until September.


New editions of Gunnarsson's works

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nyjarbaekur2016Bjartur Pulishing house has launched two new editions of Gunnar Gunnarsson's works. In Icelandic Saga Borgarættarinnar (Guest the one eyed) is now published for the first time as paperback. It is the book that opened the door for Gunnarsson to the world of literature, his first novel. In English Bjartur has printed the famous edition of The Good Shepherd that was published in USA in 1940 and sent out as gift book in Book of the Month Club.

Both these works are classics and should be welcomed by the summer readers, both Icelandic and foreign. Of course they can be bought at Skriduklaustur.


Exhibition opening

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pbehrensThe artist Pétur Behrens will open an exhibition in gallery Klaustur next Saturday, 4th June at 14:00. On the exhibition are drawings and paintings that he has made the last year at the farm Langhús in Fljotsdalur valley. There are still standing and in use old turf buildings for the animals, some of them originally from 19th century. In his pictures Pétur Behrens has captured the atmosphere of these old stables and barns.  The exhibition will stand until 5th July.


Rámur Rámason - exhibition

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ramurramasonRámur Rámason in Art without Boundaries. New exhibition will be opened in gallery Klaustur next Saturday 14th May at 14.00. On the exibition are embroidered works by Erla Björk Sigmundsdóttir who works and lives in the ecovillage Sólheimar in South Iceland, a sustainable community known for its artistic and ecological atmosphere. Erla works in diverse art techniques, and as well as making art, studies music and plays in a bell quire. She is also a member of the Sólheimar Theatre Group. Erla has since 2010 worked extensively at Sólheimar weaving workshop, embroidering in her own particular way, choosing both figurative and abstract motifs, as well as making three-dimensional works. Coordinator of the Sólheimar weaving workshop is Karen Ósk Sigurðardóttir. Erla has participated in the nationwide yearly artfestival Art without Boundaries, and in the last years her works have gained great admiration for their original beauty, expression and vigour. The exhibition is in collaboration with Safnasafnið in Eyjafjörður and will be open from 12:00-17:00 every day until 31st May.

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June - August: Open daily 10am - 6pm

May & September: Open daily 12am - 5pm

October - April: Open occasionally. Ask for information.

Skriðuklaustur is in Fljótsdalur valley at the upper end of Lagarfljót lake - right by the highland road to Snæfell and Kárahnjúkar. Map

39 km from Egilsstaðir

11 km from Hallormsstaður forest

5 km from Hengifoss waterfall

A Visitor's centre for Vatnajökull National Park is also at Skriðuklaustur.

Adults (museum & guide) 1000 kr
Children under 16 accompanied by adults 0 kr
Students 750 kr
Senior citizens / disabled 500 kr
Groups (20+) 800 kr
Guided tour of the archsite for groups (10>)
Adults 500 kr
Children under 16 accompanied by adults 0 kr


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